ASTORIA, Ore. (July 20, 2006) — Astoria was buzzing as Sean Penn, Vince Vaughn and the crew of the upcoming movie “Into the Wild” shot scenes along the Oregon Coast.
Penn is directing the movie, based on Jon Krakauer’s book about a young man who abandons his lifestyle to live in the wilderness of Alaska, where he dies.
The film, expected to be released next year, also stars Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden and William Hurt.
Nearly 100 residents turned out at a casting call about a week ago. On Monday, the old-fashioned Olney General Store was renamed the Orick General Store.
Helena Jordan, 23, a store employee, watched filming along with other residents.
“The really neat part is they’re using our store owner in it,” said Jordan, who described Penn as “a very nice man.”